Review: I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga


Title: I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent #1)

Author: Barry Lyga

Release Date/Publisher: April 3rd 2012 by Little, Brown and Company

Finished: June 16th 2012

Pages: 361-Hardcover-Library


  1. I Hunt Killers
  2. Game


What if the world’s worst serial killer…was your dad?

Jasper “Jazz” Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.

But he’s also the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal’s point of view.

And now bodies are piling up in Lobo’s Nod.

In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

What I thought:

If you’re looking for that murder mystery with a twist, then this is your book. I’m not a big fan of murder/crime books in general, but this book was pretty good. It kept me reading even though I wasn’t sure if I wanted to. There were some scenes I really didn’t like, as well as some descriptions of things, but I still tried to read it all.

Jazz (Jasper) is our main character and the that twist I mentioned. Now only was his dad one of the worst serial killers in the world, but he knows the tricks of the trade thanks to said father. His dad told him about all of his murders and pretty much taught Jazz everything he knew, to turn him into an even better killer.

So Jazz knows how to control his emotions and how to act around and treat others to get what he wants. He could also easily kill another person if he wanted. Yet he tries not to give into the urges to hurt other like his dad did. Most of the book he’s unsure if he is a killer too and he struggles with that. Since his mind does work differently he can see how a serial killer would work. Hence this story, of him finding another killer hunting in his small town.

I liked the idea behind this and there was definitely anticipation as I waited to find out who our killer really was. I’m glad I tried to read this even if it’s not in my normal taste range.

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2 comments on “Review: I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

  1. Happy that even though you aren’t a huge fan of the genre, you still ended up liking this one overall. I loved it! I know what you mean about the descriptions, they get pretty gruesome in this series. I hope you continue on because Game was super fun too!

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